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Comment Re:Devices which have only one purpose (Score 1) 382

The investigators might not have information clearly designating this as a petty matter. Nobody here knows exactly what the employer told the investigators. The manner in which two different people would describe the same incident can be dramatically different, and those differences can be enough to be clearly petty in one case and a very real potential threat in another.

In this case, nobody but the employer and the investigators know exactly how the employer's report described the evidence.

Comment Re:Why should it never have happened? (Score 1) 382

Except they requested to search the house and the request was granted by the homeowner. Unless some sort of coercion was involved (and a simple police presence does not rise to the level of coercion) then nothing wrong happened in regards to the search. If they had later requested a search warrant after being denied the opportunity to search, and it was subsequently granted, then there might (might)be an argument of overreach on the part of the judge (or the police, if they wrongly "bolstered" their argument by adding facts that weren't really facts). However, all that is simply speculation since none of it happened.

I'm not a fan of the police in general (or the way the justice system currently runs), but most of the comments here involve rampant speculation and little discussion of the actual facts of the case. This doesn't help the cause of straightening corrupt police out (or throwing them out). It simply adds strength to the "pro-police no matter the means used" camp when they argue those who oppose them on any issue are the paranoid fringes of society. The best defense (and offence) is to remove as much fuel from their arguments as possible by sticking closely by the facts that cannot be refuted.

Comment Re:Why should it never have happened? (Score 1) 382

because he showed them respect they didn't really disturb anything.

That some people find this acceptable is in itself disturbing, since the implicit corollary is that if he did not show them respect they would be justified in tearing the house apart. That may not be what you meant, but there are still those who hold exactly such beliefs. Many of those are also police officers.

Comment Re:Alright then. Carry On. (Score 1) 382

You seem to have read that post and come to a conclusion completely the opposite of mine. I read it as people (other than police) are not sane and reasonable, and the notion that it is an impossible-to-solve nihilist position is a problem amongst those who are not sane and reasonable.

The statement can be read by inversion: Successful terrorist attacks are not the fault of police or intelligence services. Police should not believe they should catch absolutely every incident before it happens, and those spreading such a belief are prone to over-reaction when the police DO miss something.

I think part of the problem is the segue into the next idea: In the end, its such a needle in a haystack sort of problem that its entirely unreasonable to think they can ever be prevented, therefore any acceptance of that reasoning that starts with they should be able to catch it, inevitably leads to excessive measures, and guarantees more excessive measures later WHEN the next one happens.

Move it around and then re-read: When people believe the police should be able to catch all of them, it leads to excessive measures since catching all of them is, in reality, not possible. When the next event happens, it leads to more extreme measures since the police obviously should be able to catch everything. "Acceptance of that reason" doesn't refer to the statement preceding it, but to the statement following it (despite the utterly confused way it's phrased).

At least that's my take on it. Maybe the author meant it the way you read it, but that determination would really be up to the author to clarify at the end of the day.

Comment Re:Private browsing (Score 1) 382

This has already been ruled on, though I don't have the USSC citation handy. Companies don't need an acceptable use policy to monitor how their equipment is used, be it computers, wireless AP, routers, et cetera. Your signature on anything is not a requirement before they can start to monitor the use of their equipment.

Comment Re:Strangely... (Score 1) 397

They're an easy target because what was said earlier about them breaking or re-interpreting every agreement that later creates a roadblock to current political interests is true. The US government has been doing that since its inception. Hell, Jackson is considered one of the top 10 US Presidents in pretty much any list, and he embodied the idea that the US could manufacture reasons to bypass the Constitution and the rule of law if either were "inconvenient." The Trail of Tears is but one example of the culmination of Jackson's efforts to ignore the Constitution and the US government's treaty obligations with a foreign nation.

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